Daily Devotion Friday, 16 September 2016
Growing strong in faith
When a person receives the word of Christ and believes in God, they are justified by faith and find forgiveness. They have been reconciled to their heavenly Father through the offering of Christ. The outcome of this reconciliation is peace with God. Paul said, ‘Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’. They are no longer enemies and under condemnation. Like Abraham was, they are now the friends of God because they have believed the word and God has accounted it to them as righteousness.
Further to this, the new believer receives their name as a son of God. This is what the apostle Peter was saying, when he wrote, ‘You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God’. It is the word of truth through which the Father brings them forth to be a certain kind of firstfruits of His creation. The seed is sown in their heart and they are able to see that God predestined them to be a part of His kingdom as His son.
The work of the Father continues to be done through the word of Christ. The new believer is strengthened with power by the Spirit of the Father. By this means, they grow strong in faith. This strengthening involves the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, as the believer continues to receive and believe the word that is ministered to them by Christ through the members of His body. This work is to continue across the course of our Christian lives. Paul encouraged the Colossians to continue in faith, firmly established and steadfast, so they would not move away from the hope of the gospel. The hope of the gospel is to bring forth the fruit of our sonship.
|Rom 5:1 Jas 2:23 1Pe 1:23 Jas 1:18 Joh 3:3 Tit 3:5|
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